Feeling the Pinch: young, out of work, and running out of hope
Sitting inside the Wulfrun Shopping Centre in Wolverhampton, it's not just the economic climate that feels decidedly chilly. Clutching steaming mugs of tea and coffee, shoppers grabbing a cuppa keep their coats on. A woman at the next table even has her woolly hat on.
We're here to meet Saxon. He is what the statisticians call a 'NEET' - a young person not in education, employment or training.
Saxon is 22. He's chatty, articulate and fed up. And he's one in a million.
The number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds had broken the one-million barrier, rising to 1.016 million, according to the Office for National Statistics. "I feel like I am washed up. I might be young but I feel washed up, I am not getting anywhere," he says. "I am at the back. The dark bit of life. To be in society you have to have a job. But there are too many people going for the same job." So who's to blame?
"I think the government and my school let me down. I got bullied at school and that has knocked my confidence. The riots were a good thing to prove to the government that something needs to be done now," he says.
Saxon admits to lounging around in bed until the afternoon - so is he really trying his hardest to find work?
Would he - as Lord Tebbit once asked - get on his bike to find a job? Would he go, for instance, to Aberdeen or Dundee?
"Too right I would. I would get my bags, and go," he says, gesticulating north.
Listen to Saxon's story here.
Listen here to Howard de Souza, from the charity TAG, which works with young people looking for work. What advice does he have for Saxon? He tells us not enough young people know what he calls "the rules of the game" of impressing employers, like buying a tie and getting a hair cut.
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Chris Mason is 5 live's Political Reporter. To launch 5live's Feeling the Pinch series, he's been reporting for Breakfast, Drive and Up All Night from Leicester, Hinckley, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
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